Talk Up Tuesday – A segment with Rob Hilditch from Harding’s, Your Improvement Company, showcasing all the great people, friends, companies, vendors and support workers that help Harding’s do what they do.

This week on Talk Up Tuesday Rob talks about Access 52!

I always find inspiration from Michael, whether it be a short conversation or watching one of his many videos. I am in awe of the work he does and have seen first hand how his style and demeanor can change a child or adults outlook and attitude after speaking with them. His smile and his energy is unwavering. Please check out his links below. I hope he inspires you as much as he does for me.

Access52 started with a mission to reach at-Risk and disengaged youth. Inspiring students to engage in their reality has developed into helping school communities, families and relationships discover a greater purpose. Through years of experience Access52 has created unique, dynamic, high energy and visually attractive events to inspire youth to discover their place and conviction.

Michael has spoken at over 500 events around the world to over 100,000 students, parents and teachers. He was the recipient of the Shepard Leadership Award in 2016, and has spoken at Teacher conferences, schools, grade retreats, parent conferences and corporate events.

Access 52’s content and talks are built to help people better navigate relationships, personal challenges and life’s questions in a world that is ever connected and moving at the speed of light.

Access 52 helps students see the significance of who they are, and how their decisions, actions and relationships will impact everything they do. Access 52 website Micheal Chiasson on Access 52 Facebook page

Do you find that people and companies seem to lack Grace and Gratitude these days? I have been noticing a trend with a complete lack of empathy for customers and service in recent months and I am wondering what I am missing that is making people so damn irritable.

We always try to act with grace and extend gratitude when possible. And…. it’s always possible! Granted, we fall down sometimes but it’s about being consistent in your efforts. We are challenging everyone to do the same. Let’s show some love for your clients, your cashier at the grocery store, your employees, you family and so on and so on. Tell two friends and they’ll tell two friends.

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This week on Talk Up Tuesday, Rob talks about Harding’s great experiences with Logic Oil. Logic oil is a mobile oil change business that takes the headaches out of servicing your fleet or personal vehicles. They are mobile and come to your work or home. It’s as easy as pie!



Some Facts about LogicOil:

Our LogicOiL Van is Equipped
with a Custom Top-insertion
Extraction/Pump System
which enables us to efficiently and cleanly change a vehicle’s oil.

This system enables us to work at any location because we do not have to jack up your vehicle.

The used oil is pumped into our holding tanks, and then disposed of at an Alberta registered recycling site




Our mobile hydraulic lift system slides easily under each side of a vehicle, and can be used for all cars, light trucks and light SUVs.
This system is extremely efficient, taking only moments to set up and seconds to lift a vehicle.

Asbestos testing for real estate and construction. Consultation for scope building and quote procurement. A safe year to establish for Asbestos testing in your home is anything built before 1985, because many companies still used stock piles of materials after the industry deemed it in appropriate in 1979. 403-472-0037

Through our Strategic Partner, Asbestos Solutions, we have access to the following services to help ensure a seamless workflow for our clients.

Asbestos Removal & Abatement

As asbestos becomes higher profile, the information surrounding it becomes more convoluted. Everyone has varying levels of knowledge that is based on a bit of fact and lots of mis-information. It can
be a very confusing, even for the professionals.

A few facts for you.

  • In Canada, every instance of asbestos needs to be evaluated on a project specific basis, no two situations should be treated the same.
  • Any home 1986 or older can have asbestos.
  • If you plan to knock down an existing house to make way for a new, it has to be tested for asbestos. If there is asbestos present, it must be remediated prior to demolition. The City of Calgary requires that a form be signed prior to issuance of a demo or building permit.
    City of Calgary form here
  • If you plan to move a house and there is vermiculite present anywhere in the dwelling, it must be removed prior to moving.
  • Removing popcorn ceiling? You need to check that automatically if the house was built prior to the mid 1980’s
  • Drywall being removed should also be tested prior to the mid 1980’s as well

Residentially, asbestos can be found in:

  • drywall mud
  • ceiling stipple, aka. knockdown and popcorn ceiling
  • flooring, both sheet vinyl and tile.
  • stucco
  • siding
  • wall paper
  • vermiculite insulation

Vermiculite is the most serious issue, do not disturb or let somebody blow insulation on top of it without consultation first!! ceiling stipple and linoleum/vinyl sheet flooring are also usually high in asbestos content.

If the asbestos containing material (ACM) is in good shape and not disturbed, it generally poses no threat, so unless you plan to renovate, do demolition, knock down, or move your house, don’t panic. It is wise to have your house tested and know what you are faced with. You can make an informed and cost effective decisions if you consult with the right professionals.

If you plan to buy or sell a home built prior to 1986 you should know if it is present in the home. Home Inspectors and Realtors should know if it is possibly present. Insist they test for it. Knowledge is important as it can be a negotiating item.

It is impossible to know whether a home has ACM without it being properly tested by an accredited professional through an accredited testing facility with a corresponding report. Asbestos is microscopic and visible to the naked eye, do not take  “there’s no asbestos in this house” unless they provide the report.

Homeowners and contractors are responsible for the actions and the trades within the home and community. The public and trades know that asbestos is “bad” and a couple of questions can lead to some unwanted and potentially damaging liability for the homeowner, contractor, or both.

Uneducated contractors may be exposing their clients to potential health and financial trouble. Reputable contractors struggle on educating their clients to the adverse effects of ACM compared to cheaper quotes from contractors who ignore the ACM. Do not get caught  in this trap.

Test for Asbestos

Every renovation (or real estate transaction) should start with a hazardous materials test. Know what you are faced with and plan/budget for it. It is now part of the cost of selling, buying, building, or renovating a home.

Harding’s Asbestos Abatement can provide advice and evaluate your home. Before you buy, sell or renovate, contact us and we will provide straightforward, factual, and honest information.

Harding’s does not use temporary labour for any asbestos removal or demolition work. We have our own properly trained and accredited crews that take their work seriously. Harding’s is committed to customer service and long term relationships. The best way to accomplish that is through fair pricing and providing the client with accurate inoframtion.


The types of mould found indoors can vary depending on the climate, season and geography. Different mould thrive at different temperatures, however the range of temperature in occupied homes and buildings is usually ideally suited to mould growth. The availability of moisture is a controlling factor in mould growth.
Mould growth can be found on:
-Ceiling tiles
-Cellulose insulation
-kitchen / Industrial Equipment
The ways mould substances can enter the human body include inhalation and ingestion. Health effects can also be caused by direct skin contact.
There are health risks involved in mould exposure and each person can be affected in different ways but are usually categorized as Either Irritation, Allergic Reaction, Infection and Toxic Response.
Some symptoms of mould exposure may include:
  • runny nose
  • eye irritation
  • respiratory irritations
  • rash or other skin irritations
  • cough
  • congestion
  • aggravation of asthma and or headache.

Removing mould is very similar to ACM. We use the same procedures and similar testing as Asbestos. Follow the same rules outlined above in our Asbetstos section to protect yourself when buying, selling or renovating a home. With the only difference being that mould can be found in any age home.



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This week on Talk Up Tuesday, Rob talks about Harding’s commitment to it’s clients with Free Estimates. Free estimates should be the norm in the Painting and Home Improvement/Maintenance industry, yet it doesn’t seem to be. It used to be a marketing ploy, now its just good business. If your small contractor is charging for your estimate, walk away and find someone who does not charge for them. Talk you your local Better Business Bureau, trade publications or friends. Find the right company for you by not choosing one that is not charging to meet you. Your BBB: Harding’s Blog: When is Free Estimate, not free:…

This week on Talk Up Tuesday, I talk about my two year anniversary with Harding’s – Your Improvement Company and some of the changes we’ve made to take Harding’s into the future of Franchising the brand.

When I first transitioned into Harding’s I was taken back by the division we had among our group. There was changes that were needed immediately and we all got to work recognizing them and adjusting our going forward strategy. The ownership jumped on board with the vision and we started at making the necessary changes in branding, culture and operations to get us ready for Franchising.

We’ve implemented new CRM databases that combine seamlessly with our estimating and workflow software, we’ve completely changed the branding to be more modern, efficient and franchise friendly. We’ve made huge strides in how we work and interact with our team, made the changes required to make our company lean, mean and ready for the growth we want.

We’ve changed our online marketing strategies and adjusted our SEO along with our Adword strategies, taking our organic rankings far passed where we were.

We’ve added our first License outside the City of Calgary in the Okanagan Valley as well as three additional Licenses for Cleaning, Painting and Renovations in Airdrie, Cochrane and Calgary. .

I am very proud of the adjustments our team has made in their workflow practices and services levels in order to take us from great to fabulous. I say ‘we’ a lot because even though I may be in the drivers seat implementing these changes, we can not do it with out the buy in and actions of our team. They mean the world to me and how we operate, ensuring the level of service our clients deserve.

Here is to many more years to come!


Rob Hilditch, President and Managing Partner

Harding’s – Your Improvement Company


At Harding’s, we care about the environment and the impact that our left over paint has on it. You will be happy top hear that all of Harding’s left over paint materials are recycled through the Alberta Recycling Program in conjunction with Clean Harbors and The City of Calgary. Today’s video gives some insight into what happens to that paint once it has entered the recycling program and how it is recycled.  We are very appreciative of the people involved who host this monthly event so companies like our can recycle our paint safely and efficiently.

Here are some details on how and when you can get involved as a commercial painter:

Year-Round Recycling Options Check the Recycling Depot Finder to see if your local municipal paint collection site will accept from commercial generators. Contact one of the Registered Paint Processors to arrange for pickup of your paint material or if you want to drop off your paint material directly at one of their sites. Edmonton In Edmonton, commercial generators can recycle their paint material at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. Please click here for details regarding the location and drop-off instructions. Calgary In Calgary, please contact EnviroSORT Inc. at 1-800-567-4209 (ext. 100), as this company has a contract with the City to provide paint recycling services for Calgary businesses. The City of Calgary holds regularly scheduled commercial paint roundups for commercial painting businesses to safely dispose of their leftover volumes of paint. The last Tuesday of every month. The events will be held at Shepard Waste Management Facility from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Commercial painting businesses can also contact one of the current registered paint processors in Alberta to discuss pickup of your leftover paint. Charges may apply. Commercial volumes of paint are too large to be accepted at the household hazardous waste drop-off locations or Throw n’ Go areas at City landfills, and will not be accepted. When you drop off paint during a commercial paint roundup event, please be aware of the following requirements: Do not bring any type of hazardous waste. Only qualified paint and paint containers approved under Alberta’s Paint Recycling Program are acceptable. All paint containers must be sealed. You will be required to unload all paint materials yourself. Any unacceptable materials, including hazardous waste, will be returned to you. These materials are not accepted at household hazardous waste drop-off locations or the Thrown’ Go area at Shepard Landfill. Please check the Alberta Recycling Hotline or call 1-800-463-6326 to properly dispose of these materials.


Talk Up Tuesday –  Performance Waste  (403)254-1414

We Don’t Just Dump Waste, We Recycle It

Responsibly serving our customers since 2001, Performance Waste goes the extra mile to meet your Waste or Junk Removal needs. Our recycling program is an integral part of Performance Waste. We do not simply remove waste; we dispose of products in a way that they may create usable raw materials. This provides huge benefits to the community, and the environment.

Home Owners
They’ll help clean up whatever mess is at your home – junk, waste, or recycling. Stress-free, affordable, and effective services for your project.

They take the extra step in our exceptional service of new home construction and renovation clients. We have a number of options to maximize your project’s value.

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Wow! New location alert! Help us congratulate @mbchrisp for opening a new Harding’s Painting and Handyman Division in the Okanagan Valley! Based out of Kelowna, Chris can service Vernon to Osoyoos for all your Painting and Handyman needs. Ditch the DiY and give us a call at 1-833-423-9829 to get Chris out for a free estimate.

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